…and I can’t believe it’s half over already! After kicking things off in Windsor, ON, we went on a great little run with Shilts and Matt Marshak in the Mid-West. Wonderful crowds, and great hangs. Dodged some tornadoes and made some new friends. We were treated very well! Added another fabulous bass player to our roster – Tim George – a very bad man.
Next up, Colton’s Point, MD at the Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival. As promised, there was both jazz and seafood, and a beautiful day to enjoy them both. Discovered some things about Third da drummer that I didn’t know before. Also discovered a very weird rest stop south of Buffalo that has a player grand piano in it.
Then back close to home for the Waterloo Uptown Jazz Festival… what a great crowd! Our first time at that event, and hopefully the first of many. A chance to get tight with the Canadian band, whom we’ll be taking on the road with us for a bunch of the shows in August.
Which brings us to the present… flew back this morning from LA, where we played at JazzFest West for the first time yesterday. Killer band – Marcus Anderson (sax), Darryl Williams (bass), Tony Moore (drums) and Mick Taras (guitar). Short set, but we packed in as much as we could, and the crowd seemed to dig us. Got to catch Babyface’s set… man, that guy has a lot of hits under his belt! I mean for real. Puts on a slick show, too. A great afternoon to hang out before heading back to LAX…VIP tent BBQ, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, special surprise guests, getting some sunscreen on just a little too late, meeting a bunch of amazing musicians. Many thanks to April Bennett for taking such good care of us… we’ll definitely call you next time we’re down there!
Now for a couple of weeks at home, then back at it!